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Radio Station Rises from the Rubble

Posted by Tom Vernon on Jul 27, 2016 1:50:00 PM

Natural disasters tend to bring out the best and worst in people. For KHKC 102.1FM, located in Atoka, Oklahoma, a tornado that hit on May 9th definitely brought out the best in a lot of people.

“The storm totally destroyed the studios and damaged our main tower, explains Bob Sullins, president of Keystone Broadcasting. “Station manager Ricky Chase and his daughter were in the studio when the tornado struck, and took shelter under a desk. Thankfully, they were not injured.”

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Topics: Axia Audio

Ed-gineering with Axia

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Jun 15, 2016 1:25:00 PM

It was the typical FM studio layout of the day, Ed Bukont explains. Air, Production, News, and Tech Room all clustered at one end of the second floor of a two story office building. “I built the original facility at WSMD Star 98.3 FM in approximately 1988." Three stations, under many hands, have been added in the meantime. "At some point, as the situation of the aggregate plant became untenable, someone suggested calling the guy who built the original place.”

Ed did a site evaluation and found the production room had been cannibalized to keep station 2 operating, and stations 3 and 4 were using a witch’s brew of equipment, some of which he had been partially involved in the installation of. Meantime, the rack room, which had grown from two to four (now six) racks, had suffered, in Ed’s words, some very unfortunate feats of engineering.

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Beyond 8x2: Axia xNode Matrix Mixer Launches!

Posted by Krissy Rushing on May 17, 2016 2:40:34 PM


Go beyond the numbers with the Axia xNode Matrix Mixer, available now via the latest completely free v2.0 software update. This powerful new feature unlocks endless mixing flexibility and allows broadcast engineers to use their Axia xNodes to create mixes without the need for a dedicated studio mixer / switching system. Here, we caught up with Product Manager Milos Nemcik to get the DL . . .  

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Topics: Axia Audio, matrix mixer

Axia Behind the Cellar Door

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Jan 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Dan Overy is Group Technical Director for Celador, a U.K. entertainment company that made a name for itself with the hit TV game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? The company produced the original British version of the franchise from 1998-2007, and had major success again in 2009 with another millionaire-themed production, the award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

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Newfound Simplicity with Axia, AoIP at Canada’s Newcap

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Jan 6, 2016 12:28:00 PM

Copper wire is expensive, so when Shawn Basha - Newcap Radio's Director of Engineering in the Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador - removed thousands of feet of the stuff, he could have made a killing on eBay. How did he excise all that wiring infrastructure and make operations more efficient? With a little help from Axia in what was quite a substantial overhaul of wiring and equipment alike.

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POWER101 Goes Digital with Axia iQ & AoIP

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Dec 16, 2015 5:30:00 AM

Sean Martin may like to joke about holding the title of 'Head Tea Boy' at POWER101 in England's Exeter / Devon region, but as Director of Business Development for Talk Productions Ltd (POWER101's parent company), he's got his hands in just about everything at the area's coolest local broadcast station.

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Topics: Axia Audio

Solomon Sings Axia's Praises

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Aug 12, 2015 3:40:00 PM

After working with Axia Audio consoles for some time at a previous employer, engineer Solomon Bachman was thrilled when his new employer – KCBI in Dallas, where he is Chief Engineer – decided to make the switch to Axia for a recent studio build.

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Jeff McGinley Finds the Path to Calgary for WABE 2015

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Jul 29, 2015 2:15:00 PM

Axia Support Engineer Jeff McGinley paid a visit to the Great White North recently, where he provided an overview of Axia’s Pathfinder Routing Control software at the 2015 WABE Broadcast Technical Training Seminar in Calgary. Appearances such as these – one of many times our Support staff has presented at the seminar – serve as essential continuing education sessions for engineers in the field, and cover material geared at helping engineers tackle issues they might encounter in their facilities.

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Studio Move in Four Days? No Problem!

Posted by Tom Vernon on Jul 29, 2015 1:00:00 PM

When a relocation project involves splitting one console into thirds, building studio furniture that moves to accommodate the announcers, and completing the work in just four days, you know it's going to be an interesting story. The tale of Skala.FM's move does not disappoint.

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Plenty of Reasons to Love Axia for Florida's WFCF

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Jun 17, 2015 3:45:00 PM

Radio veteran Dan McCook is Station Manager at WFCF - Radio with a Reason - at Florida's Flagler College, with studios in historic St. Augustine - quite the unique setting for a modern broadcast facility. "We have our own little radio station on the first floor of a building in middle of the historic district," says Dan. "We have horse and carriages going by the window all day long and it looks like we live in the 1700s!"

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